Hello. I’m back. That’s good or bad or indifferent to you. Regardless, I’m back for now.

My thanks to KO for lighting the fire and for getting us started in what has been a difficult spring for cycling so far. Also, thanks to all the weekend riders for showing up and making the group rides, group rides. It’s a pleasure to share the joy of cycling with fellow enthusiasts.

Above all, we want to be safe and free from accidents and we want to look forward to riding each weekend because the last weekend was so much fun. Really, there’s no other way … .

This is the 30th anniversary of the ‘mafia’, now referred to by me as arnpriorcycling. There’s much to celebrate. There’s a great history behind us and a great future. We’ve seen riders come and go and disappear. But, we’re still here. We have a few ‘oldies’ hanging around for continuity, for a while anyway.

I hope you can join us for this memorable year of celebration – for some, there first, others their fourth, their tenth, their thirtieth. No mater, we all count; we all matter. We are all threads in a golden tapestry, woven in one’s and two’s and three’s from near and far, from the past to the present and beyond. Really, where else would you rather be than on the weekend than pedalling away the fatty bits with your friends. We are stronger together.

Okay, we’re behind the eight ball. The 130 km Middleville ride is May 18; the 170 km Pembroke ride is May 25. We have to get moving. So, here’s the deal:

When: Saturday, May 11 for a 7:30 am start from Stinson’s

Where: Douglas via Goshen, Opeongo, Stone, McNaughton, Burnstown Rd McLeod, Mclachlan

Description: 112 km cycle; 722 Metres; Turnaround point (Douglas) 55 kms; Coffee 78 kms at Bonnechere Cafe or at 90 kms Neat Cafe (your choice)

Purpose: training for RLCT, with focus on distance, time in the saddle, and elevation

Weather: 3-8 Celcius; wind NW 20; a mix of sun and cloud

Editorial: An Atheist’s perspective: “A physicist is an atom’s way of knowing about atoms.” George Wald

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=shallow+song+gaga

Now is a good time to reacquaint yourself with the Disclaimer Page.

Rules to cycle by – Not the Velominati, the Philuminati, with Rulle #11 being worthy of note.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnhYPZUpe5c

Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

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Hello, don’t despair the dry roads and warm temperatures are just around the corner. Okay, who am I kidding? We’re still in a deep freeze and there’s more snow than ever. But, the end is in sight, if the dry roads and warm temperatures aren’t. Yes, we live in hope – “Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.” So, will we be on the bicycles soon?

What I didn’t say enough –

I didn’t say thank you to the Fitzroy skate-ski groomer.

I didn’t say thank you for the ride to the ski park.

I didn’t say thank you for sharing time with me to-day – that was fun.

I didn’t say thank you to the barista – that was a great cup of coffee.

I didn’t say thank you for dinner – that was delicious.

I didn’t say thank you for participating in the group weekend rides.

I didn’t say thank you for the compliment – that was nice of you to say that.

I didn’t say thank you for your patience – I’m sorry I’m late.

I didn’t say thank you for helping me understand how that’s done.

I didn’t say thank you for your frankness and friendship.

I didn’t say thank you for bringing that to my attention  – I’ll try to do better.

I didn’t say thank you to my parents.

I didn’t say thank you for being alive and being mindful of the great mystery of life

Yes, I didn’t say thank you enough.

To be – is to be alive and that is the beginning of everything.

Regarding future blog posts, the next one will be in May 06 or thereabouts.

Regarding the Manifesto (Rules of the Road), it’s on ice indefinitely but I do have a replacement – a simple, sensible statement for publication in a few days.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LauDl7qwcA0 Mark Knofler

Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

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Champlain Lookout – magic, marvel, and wonder

Hello, and merry x-mas to you all. Don’t you just love this time of year – the nostalgia for childhood that it elicits, the parties, the x-mas cheer, the raising of glasses – and the relaxed, easy-going manner of most folk, the genial smiles, the close embraces, and the firm handshakes, and the genuine gaiety that abounds.

In fact, I was saying to an acquaintance a day or so ago that if x-mas didn’t exist we’d have to make it up. It’s just such a welcome interruption to everyday life, coming when it does in late December in this dark, cold, snowy land. And, then, I reminded myself that it is made up.

But, what a fabulous story, even if it’s genesis is an elaborate concoction of Roman and Hellenistic and Jewish cultures and traditions.

Fortunately, the purported virgin nativity phenomenon has not yet hijacked the joy and bonhomie of this secular occasion and is no impediment to commercial enterprise and family reunions and the excitement and anticipation of young children, and the feeling we have of belonging to a greater community – as neighbours, and total strangers alike, greet each other on the street, at the LCBO and in the grocery shops, and myriad disparate places with jovial salutations of Happy Holidays, Merry X-mas, Joyeux Noel, and Happy New Year.

It’s amazing and wonderful. All, just because it’s a lovely pagan mid winter festival. Perhaps, good cheer is at work, too. That’s my two-cents worth anyway.

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be on December 25 than adding to your fatty bits by sitting down to a welcome feast with good friends and close family?

Okay, just to remind you that within the month we’ll be registering for the 2019 RLCT:

https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/regnow

Regarding the Manifesto (Rules of the Road), it’s on ice for now for lack of interest and participation.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhMfd-NhCeo   Bob Seger

Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

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“If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.” – AE

Dear Mr Einstein: Why are we alive?

Dear Miss Block: The question ‘Why” in the human sphere is easy to answer: to create satisfaction for ourselves and for other people. In the extra-human sphere the question has no meaning. Also, the belief in God is no way out for in this case you may ask “Why God”. AE

Champlain Parkway just west of Black’s Lake

Hello –

I forgot to mention this yesterday. It’s just an idea I have to bridge the period between when we stop riding because of cold weather and when we take up winter activities such as skiing and riding on trainers. It makes sense to be outside as much as possible and not indoors on Zwift or on a spinner or rollers. What do you think?

Okay, so here’s the plan, assuming the weekend weather is inclement for cycling. What about getting together in our running gear on Saturday/Sunday mornings at Sweet and Sassy at 8 am. We’ll run 5-10 kilometres at an easy pace on the Centennial Trail to Robert Simpson Park then to the Grove and around (the long way) to the high school track where we’ll do some laps and some intervals; from there, we’ll reverse directions and run/jog back to S&S for coffee. This is a tentative route only and it will evolve as we get run-fit. I expect the run time to be an hour or so or longer. TBD.

In any event, something to think about. It definitely will be warmer than cycling. If you’re interested, email arnpriorcycling@bell.net. If not, then, no problem; it’s just an idea. Always searching for the next big thing.

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on a weekend morning than in your track suit and running shoes jogging away the fatty bits? You know you’ll just want to be there.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF9YayOgjRg    Alessia Cara

Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

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“Running is nothing more than a series of arguments between the part of your brain that wants to stop and the part that wants to keep going.”

November 10/18: 63 Kms; 2 Hrs, 23; 476 Metres; Four Riders

Well, hello there.

Did you rollover in bed this morning and pull the pillow over your head to drown the roar of the wind? Did you jump out of bed with a bounce in your step and a song in your heart at the prospect of a new day.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. RF

How many indistinguishable moments in a lifetime? How many in a year, each slipping away unnoticed, unmarked, and unfulfilled? A long life is a short life – even Methuselah is dead. What does one, anyone, remember of lying in bed. It’s getting up and confronting the day that creates memories. We had such a day. It’s rare for a bicycle ride to disappoint. Pedalling is elemental, a simple pleasure reaching back into childhood, and freedom – before books and consequences.

Still, some rides are difficult, arduous even; and, are enjoyed in remembrance more than in actuality. To-day’s answer to “How was the ride?” was that this Blog is BS when it extols the virtues of cycling and understates the effort, written as it is in the warmth and comfort of a den and far removed from the real cold and wind and climbs and treacherous roads encountered. The reality, we worked hard into a heavy cross-head wind for much of the ride and had to negotiate tricky patches of ice and snow especially on Goshen. Our fingers and toes were tingling from the cold; the mind tingling with anticipation and the heart warm with the coursing blood of life.

The effort paid dividends, however, when we turned at Burnstown for White Lake and then SW for Arnprior. It doesn’t get better than this. Okay, fair enough, it was fun, I think. But thinking is insufficient to the experience. It’s the feeling that I recall/remember. And, that was great. Nothing quite like the afterglow of a hard effort, cheeks ablaze, hands cupped around a hot mug of coffee, apres ride chatter and banter filling the air. Ah, delicious memories to feast on down through the years.

All said, you guessed it; there will be no ride on Sunday.

Group riding – Mandatory Reading
https://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/how-to-ride-in-a-group-44624/

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on a weekend morning than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits? You know you’ll just want to be there.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6zaCV4niKk Cat Stevens

Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

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Great things are done when men and mountains meet;
This is not done by jostling in the street. WB

BS Blog

Update … .

Hello. I’m writing this from the comfort of the Mamie Clafoutis Wesboro Boulangerie – a very nice place. I’m sipping a hot americano and munching a pumpkin muffin. I’m thinking of the morrow. My bicycle is in the capable hands of Alistair at Cyclelogik. I await his welcoming text telling me all is well. Alas, all is not well. I just heard what I didn’t want to hear; and while I love Campagnolo, not today. So, no bike but no issues, as in N+1. As the Scout’s say, Be Prepared. Smile, breathe, and go slowly.

Snow is falling and the wind has kicked up. It’s definitely not cycling weather. But, we are nothing if not intrepid wanderers impatient for our next cycling fix. And, like a battery with only one terminal attached, we don’t spark until connected with two feet to our alfresco passion. These are now the days of dwindling light, gloominess, and cold. It’s not easy to saddle-up these mornings but it’s worth the effort. ‘Trust me’ just like Richard Nixon said. You won’t be disappointed.

Plug yourself into the moment. You’ll be alive and alert, and happy.

Here’s the tentative plan for Saturday:

Sweet & Sassy Sweet & Sassy 8:00 am 8:00 am(two minute rule in force) Ride to Burnstown via RR and L-W and Goshen; home via McLeod, McLaughlin, W-L for a total distance of 64 kms/476 metres. No coffee until back at S&S. Weather as of now, full sunshine from 7 am to 10 am; winds SW 30+; Temperature +1. Dress accordingly. Hope to see you there.

NB: Check for an updated blog post by 6:30 am in the event of cancellation of the ride.

Group riding – Mandatory Reading
https://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/how-to-ride-in-a-group-44624/

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on Saturday morning than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits? You know you’ll just want to be there.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIXh0JNvuHs Tracey  Chapman

Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;  

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May 24/08 Pembroke Bound

November 04/18: 75 Kms; 2 Hrs, 29; 542 Metres; Four Riders

Yes, you read that correctly. The date says November 04. What’s with that? Awesome, really, once we saddled-up and got moving down Russet and felt the full rays of the sun on our backs. Every kilometre brought us closer to pleasure and before long we experienced the pure, simple joy of riding (again) with like-minded friends. Yes, it was cool but only marginally. By the time we reached the Crevier, we had to stop to shed outer layers. Faces aglow and spirits high we carried on, knowing the pace and climbs would keep us warm. It was perfect. Well, it would have been perfect if I were twenty years younger, had fresh legs, and a stout heart. Still, I had good companions looking after me and we made a merry (small) group of cohesive cyclists. It was great, especially given the time of year – a day stolen, you might say; a gift from November to remind us that even the bleakest month has its delicious fruits. You know, you just should have been there.

Kudos to Joe, who is all-go all the time – strong, fit, powerful; and thanks to Steve for driving down from Pembroke and whose steady wheel is always a delight to follow; and, to Cathy, too. Words don’t capture her tenacity, amazing drive, wattage, and radiance.

Okay, next weekend is looking favourable for riding. Stay tuned for  updates later in the week.

Group riding – Mandatory Reading
https://www.bikeradar.com/road/gear/article/how-to-ride-in-a-group-44624/

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be when the alarm rings on weekend mornings than on your bicycle pedalling away the fatty bits? Hey, X-mas is coming and food will be plentiful and resolve inadequate for the occasion.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTIu4UbkK94   Bonnie Rait

Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

Look forward to hearing from you at arnpriorcycling@bell.nethttps://arnpriorcycling.blog;  

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“You can’t buy happiness but you can buy a bicycle and that’s pretty close.”

Burnstown Brethren